The Clements Center mourns the death yesterday of Secretary George Shultz, a member of our Statecraft Board of Advisors. In his 100 years ranging from World War II combat as a Marine in the Pacific theater, to academic and corporate leadership, and to service under three US presidents in four cabinet positions, he lived a great American life. As President Reagan’s Secretary of State, he promoted the global expansion of liberty and helped bring about a peaceful victory in the Cold War. Now a grateful nation bids him farewell. For his century of life he lived the motto of his beloved Marines: Semper Fidelis. As he enters his rest, may he and his family know the same peace he helped make for the world.
In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Ben Rohrbaugh, author of More or Less Afraid of Nearly Everything: Homeland Security, Border, and Disasters in the Twenty-First Century, stops by to discuss the role of the Department of Homeland Security. Rohrbaugh points out that the department has been something of an unloved stepchild within the government structure, lacking both a consistent and coherent organizational culture, as well as at times the perception that it intrudes on the turf of other more established agencies. Although Rohrbaugh acknowledges the case against the Department of Homeland Security, he comes to the conclusion that the department is an important organization in dealing with the threats the United States faces in the 21st century, like infectious diseases, terrorism, right-wing extremism, organized crime, natural disasters, and border security. This talk was sponsored by the Strauss Center at the University of Texas at Austin and was part of the Central America/Mexico Policy Initiative.
“Morgan is also a prototype for the unbiased, apolitical intelligence professional that our system relies upon,” Slick said in a comment on veteran CIA officer Morgan Muir for the New York Times.
"The world is at a crossroads as the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the global economy have combined with increasing polarization and highly charged elections. At the same time, the unrelenting and transcendent desire of people around the globe to live in freedom offers hope for democracy and human rights. Join us as we examine these developments with a stellar cast of speakers." Take a virtual seat with Dr. Will Inboden for this poignant February 1st-5th convention hosted by Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs at Florida International University.
In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Doyle Hodges, executive editor of the Texas National Security Review, sits down with Sam Jackson, assistant professor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity at the University of Albany, to discuss far right-wing, antigovernment groups in the United States. In particular, Hodges and Jackson focus on the group, the Oath Keepers. Who are the Oath Keepers? Why were they founded and when? Jackson’s book, Oath Keepers: Patriotism and the Edge of Violence in a Right-Wing Antigovernment Group, sheds light on these questions and more.
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